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Source: UK Active 15/07/2022


ukactive has announced a new strategic partnership with The Battle Cancer Program, a charity supporting physical and mental health after cancer. Battle Cancer has joined ukactive’s Strategic Partner Group (SPG), meaning it will be able to grow relationships across the sector through the SPG network, as well as access bespoke

Source: UK Sport..gov 


A year ago, UK Sport and home nations sports councils published the findings and recommendations following a review of racism and racial inequality in sport. A second update on progress has now been published.

The review highlights that racism remains an everyday reality in sport in the UK, often causing a devastating impact on the lives and mental wellbeing of the targe

Source: Sport England.org 18/07/2022


Sport England is investing £2 million of National Lottery funding into grassroots girls’ football as part of a new programme set to be launched by The Football Association later this summer. The Squad Girls’ Football programme will be aimed at getting more 12-14-year-olds into the game and links into Sport England's work to tackle inequalities around gender activity habits

Source: NCSEM.-EM.org 15/07/2022


The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, has treated its 50,000th patient since opening its doors in 2015. The NCSEM-EM aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

The centre, based at Loughborough University, hosts NHS cli

Source: ONS.GOV July 2022


The Office for National Statistics has published a report on the health benefits of outdoor recreation. The value of health benefits associated with outdoor recreation within the UK was estimated to be between £6.2 billion and £8.4 billion in 2020.

Recreational visits in built-up areas (i.e. urban greenspaces) and gardens accounted for over 50% of the

Source: GOV.UK 06/07/22



The second cycling and walking investment strategy (CWIS2) outlines the government’s ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey by 2040.

The aims and targets in CWIS1, alongside the vision set out in Gear change (2020), have informed the government's revised set of objectives to:

  • increase the percentage

Source: Living Streets.Org July 2022


Living Streets is calling on councils to take action to clear pavements of poorly placed bins, A-boards and excessive signage, which make it difficult for people to walk and wheel their everyday journeys.  

It comes as new YouGov research finds that over one in four Brits (26%) would want to walk more if their streets were clutter-free.

The research

Source: Youth Sport Trust.Org 07/07/22


Specialist solar project development company, Ortus Energy, is partnering with children's charity, The Youth Sport Trust (YST), to deliver a nationwide schools programme that equips young people with the skills, confidence and opportunities to lead change.

The ‘Youth Leadership Project’, powered by Ortus Energy, will use the inspira

Source: Childrens Commissioner.GOV 06/07/22


The Children's Commissioner for England has spoken of the potential of this summer's UEFA Women's EURO in showing young girls across the country that people care about women's football.

In The Big Ask, the largest-ever survey of children, conducted by the Children’s Commissioner for England last year, girls spoke passionately about their

Source: UK Active 06/07/2022


Fitness and leisure operators have been offered a free digital benchmarking tool and bespoke support, as ukactive launches this year’s Digital Futures consultation to drive sector progress.

The second consultation period began on the 6th July following the inaugural Digital Futures consultation in 2021, which gave the fitn

Source: Youth Sport Trust 07/07/2022


A coalition of leading organisations across sport, recreation and physical activity has come together for the first time to call for radical reform to support the growth and development of the sector.

A landmark report, ‘Unlocking the potential’ proposes a clear strategic vision for how to fully harness the s

Source: NAO.org 08/07/22


National Audit Office has published its value for money report into grassroots participation in sport and physical activity. The report examines whether the Department for Culture Media and Sport England have achieved value for money for spending on sport and physical activity.

Findings i

Source:Sport and Recreation 01/07/2022


The Sport and Recreation Alliance has announced that it has teamed up with British Equestrian on a comprehensive research project that aims to improve understanding about urban equestrian centres across the country.

There are currently a number of successful and sustainable urban equestrian centres operating throughout the UK, helping to open up the spor

Source: Premier League Primary Stars. 20/06/2022


The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

Premier League Primary Stars’ range

Source: UK health pilot to explore how untapped potential of leisure facilities could save millions from painful MSK conditions and billions for NHS | ukactive 01/07/2022



A new health and fitness consortium has launched a two-year research project to investigate how to transform leisure facilities into musculoskeletal (MSK)

Source: This Girl Can helping to make leisure sector spaces safer and more inclusive for women | Sport England  30th June 2022



Sport England is investing almost £500,000 of National Lottery funding into a consortium of sector partners who'll work with This Girl Can to develop resources and training that will help leisure and fitness facilities ensure their spaces are safe an

Source: ncsem-em 05.07.22


A team from the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Lincoln has been awarded £2.5 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to deliver evaluations of public health initiatives across the UK.

The Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST) scheme was launched in 2019, and funds academic teams to provide timely and accessible

Source: Sport and Recreation 22.06.22  


To mark Pride Month 2022, theSport and Recreation Alliance visited one of a growing number of LGBTQ+ inclusive sports clubs in the country.

OutPlay Squash is an LGBTQ+ inclusive squash club based in London, who play four times a week at venues in the centre of the capital, and organise regular social events. They also participate in tournamen

Source: UK Active 23.06.22



ukactive has formed a cross-sector task force to help deliver its vision of a sector that is freely accessible and utilised by all, enabling everyone to be active and participate in whatever capacity they wish.

The Everyone Can Task Force is made up of leaders from the sport and physical activity sector

Source: UK Active 23.06.22




ukactive has called on the Government and its partners to work with the fitness and leisure sector to get the nation’s workforce physically active, as new research from Deloitte shows i